Macron Warns of Diminished European Credibility if Russia Prevails in Ukraine

Macron Warns of Diminished European Credibility if Russia Prevails in Ukraine

PARIS, March 15 (NewsWire) – In a stern warning to the international community, French President Emmanuel Macron has cautioned that a Russian victory in Ukraine would “reduce Europe’s credibility to zero,” underscoring the high stakes involved in the ongoing conflict. During a televised interview on Thursday, Macron refused to rule out the deployment of Western troops, stating that the continent’s security remains at stake.

Speaking to French broadcasters TF1 and France 2, Macron emphasized the existential nature of the conflict for Europe and France, asserting that anyone advocating limits on aid to Ukraine is effectively choosing defeat. “If Russia wins this war, Europe’s credibility will be reduced to zero,” he declared, highlighting the grave consequences of a potential Russian triumph.

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While acknowledging the need for future negotiations to achieve peace, Macron stressed that this does not equate to the capitulation of Ukraine. “Today we must have – to quote (Winston) Churchill – ‘the sinews of peace’. To want peace is not to want defeat or to let Ukraine fall,” he said, echoing the famous phrase used by the former British Prime Minister in the aftermath of World War II.

Macron’s remarks come in the wake of his previous comments last month, which drew pushback from European leaders when he suggested that sending Western ground troops to Ukraine should not be ruled out. Seeking to clarify his stance, the French President reiterated that the deployment of ground forces is not on the agenda currently, but Europe must keep “all options” open in case the war spreads.

“If Russia wins the life of the French will change. We will have no more security in Europe,” Macron warned, underscoring the far-reaching implications of a Russian victory for the entire continent.

In a video posted to social media, Macron further cautioned that Moldova, Romania, and Poland could face immediate threats if Ukraine were to lose the war, putting the security of the entire European region at risk.

Macron acknowledged the complexities of the situation, stating that France would “never go on the offensive” in the war but would be prepared to prevent a Russian victory should the situation deteriorate further. He also emphasized the importance of continued support for Ukraine, as 90 percent of their weapons currently come from the European Union, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

As Macron prepares to meet with other European leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, in Berlin on Friday, his comments underscore the grave concerns shared by Western nations regarding the potential consequences of a Russian triumph in Ukraine.

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